12/11/2014 04:00 EST | Updated 02/10/2015 05:59 EST

Assembly of First Nations meeting wraps up with new national chief

WINNIPEG - The Assembly of First Nations has wrapped up its gathering in Winnipeg.

New national Chief Perry Bellegarde thanked delegates for their support during the closing ceremonies of the three-day meeting.

He also thanked interim chief Ghislain (Zhis-LAYN') Picard for leading the organization after the resignation of former chief Shawn Atleo.

Bellegarde says the assembly is relevant and will be responsive going forward.

He says the assembly is moving ahead united and it's time to get down to work.

Bellegarde was elected national chief Wednesday, beating Picard and Ontario Chief Leon Jourdain.